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Back 4 Blood

Platform(s): PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X
Genre: Online Multiplayer
Publisher: Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
Developer: Turtle Rock
Release Date: Oct. 12, 2021

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'Back 4 Blood' Shows Off Open Beta Content, Sign Up Now - Trailer

by Rainier on July 28, 2021 @ 6:00 a.m. PDT

Back 4 Blood is a co-operative FPS designed from the ground-up as an original, premium title and marries the best of what made Left 4 Dead so successful, with new features and state-of-the-art technology.

The Back 4 Blood story takes place after a catastrophic outbreak where most of humanity has either been killed or infected by the parasitic Devil Worm. Hardened by unspeakable events and emboldened to fight for the last of humanity, a group of apocalypse veterans called the Cleaners have rallied to take on the infected horrors known as the Ridden and reclaim the world. Back 4 Blood features thrilling, dynamic moment-to-moment gameplay and highly variable, customizable action to keep players coming back for more. 

Back 4 Blood includes a four-player cooperative story campaign in which the Cleaners must fight the Ridden and work together to survive increasingly challenging missions. Players can team-up online with drop-in and drop-out co-op to fight the ever-evolving Ridden threat together or play the campaign solo with three AI teammates. The game also features competitive multiplayer in which participants can play with or against friends in online PvP that supports up to eight players and teams take turns playing as both the Cleaners and the horrific Ridden. 

Back 4 Blood can be played online with a squad of four players or solo with up to three AI teammates. The game will also support up to eight players in online PvP (person versus person) multiplayer.


Warner Bros. Games and Turtle Rock Studios today released a new Back 4 Blood trailer showing off the intense cooperative and player-versus-player (PvP) action that participants can expect from the upcoming Open Beta, which begins with Early Access on Aug. 5. The Open Beta will feature the all-new PvP mode, “Swarm,” where two squads of four face off in a best-of-three series of rounds swapping between playing as the Cleaners and the Ridden, as well as additional campaign content.

The Open Beta will begin with an Early Access portion from Aug. 5-9 for those who pre-order the game. Players can also register here for a chance to get into the Early Access portion (entry not guaranteed as codes are limited).

The Open Beta will continue from Aug. 12-16 and be available for all players. Both Open Beta portions will be playable on Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One Consoles, PS5, PS4 and PC.

The Back 4 Blood Open Beta will feature the following content:

  • Two maps for the “Swarm” PvP mode
  • Two co-op maps to fight off Ridden with your friends 
  • Play as Mom for the first time, as well as other Cleaners: Evangelo, Holly, Walker and Hoffman
  • Play as six different Ridden variants in “Swarm,” including the Bruiser, Retch, Hocker, Exploder, Crusher and Stinger
  • Various weapons to check out, cards to build decks and Ridden to slay
  • Explore the Fort Hope communal hub
  • Cross-play and cross-gen support

Back 4 Blood's innovative Card System is a new rogue-lite feature that enhances your experience with each playthrough, ensuring every gameplay session is dynamic, intense and feels unique.

Players can easily jump right into the action by choosing a pre-made default deck or dive into the Card System’s vast customisation options to create their own fully personalised deck of cards.

Back 4 Blood takes advantage of an adaptive A.I. known as the Game Director, which works behind-the-scenes monitoring the actions, health, and choices of players. It responds accordingly by changing environmental conditions, adding obstacles, and unleashing special Ridden mutations through Card System modifiers known as Corruption Cards. Players can change up the gameplay by utilising specific cards to strategise against the Game Director, from amplifying equipment to reloading weapons, as they take on hordes of enemies in their path.

Key Features:

  • Cooperative Story Campaign – Fight through a four-player co-op story campaign and work together to survive increasingly challenging missions. Team-up online with drop-in and drop-out co-op to fight the ever-evolving Ridden threat together or play the campaign solo with three A.I. teammates.
  • Competitive Multiplayer – Play with friends in the online PvP (player versus player) Swarm mode that supports up to eight players and complements the cooperative campaign elements with its own twist on survival horror, team-based strategy and gut-wrenching action. Become a Cleaner or switch sides and play as the horrific Ridden.
  • Customizable Characters and Weapons – Choose from eight playable Cleaners, including Doc, Evangelo, Hoffman, Holly, Jim, Karlee, Mom and Walker, as well as a wide range of lethal weapons and a diverse set of items to better overcome an adapting enemy.
  • Extreme Replayability – A new “rogue-lite” Card System enhances your experience with each playthrough, ensuring every gameplay session is dynamic, intense and feels unique. Players can easily jump right into the action by choosing a premade default deck or dive into the system’s vast customization options to create their own fully personalized deck of cards.
  • Game Director – Back 4 Blood takes advantage of an adaptive A.I. known as the Game Director, which works behind-thescenes constantly adjusting player actions, ensuring exciting fights, extreme gameplay diversity and tougher legions of Ridden – including mutated boss types up to 20 feet tall.
  • Xbox Game Pass – Back 4 Blood will be coming to Xbox Game Pass at launch on Oct. 12 via Xbox Series X|S and Xbox One Consoles, as well as Windows 10 PC.

Back 4 Blood is coming to Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PS5, PS4 and PC on October 12, 2021.


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